Issaquah, we'll be in you this Saturday! Come by the Nifty Knitter in Gilman Village, this Saturday from 10am - 6pm. We will have our new Fall colors as well as some old favorites. See you there!
Beetle blight is a real problem for PNW pine trees. These insects made their way through this region a few years back and ruined a good amount of local timber. The beetles kill part of the tree which renders the timber useless for structural uses but creates a beautiful color variation and the salvageable lumber can be used for decorative purposes. I've seen the most gorgeous tables and accent pieces made with lumber that had beetle blight. Our Blight colorway is a light brown color with black speckles.
The beetles themselves are surprisingly large. I had one fly into my car once while I was driving. I'm not gonna lie, it was terrifying.
Blight is available in our shop in Sapling Sock and Sprouts and is available in any weight in our Dyed to Order section.
Honeycakes, also known as Lekach, are honey sweetened cakes eaten at Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah (which happens to be next week). I love the idea of new year being in the Fall. Growing up in the orchard, Fall was the beginning of lots of things that I loved like school and harvest. Autumn was never about the end of summer to me. It was about the beginning of everything else. Honeycakes is available in the shop in Sapling Sock and Sprouts and is always available in any weight in our Dyed to Order section.
Winesap is an old variety of apple, linked to Colonial farming, that is noted for it's sweetness and dark outer color. My childhood was spent running through the rows of an apple orchard in Eastern Washington. This time of year marked the beginning of harvest, and after that, cidering season. One of my favorite smell memories is the smell of rotting fallen fruit on the ground. It sounds gross but it's not, it's great. That meant that cider season was coming and the pressing is something that we all took part in. Our Winesap colorway is a rich, deep darkened red with subtle tonality. It is available in our shop in Sapling Sock and Sprouts and is always available in any weight in our Dyed to Order section.
Here he is, our little Pumpkin Kisser. The first time we took Magnus to a pumpkin patch he enthusiastically ran out into the field and started kissing all of the pumpkins. Mwah! Mwah! We asked him why he was doing this and he said, "Because I love fall" This kid is definitely mine. Pumpkin Kisser is our contribution to all things pumpkin colored and flavored for fall. It is available in the shop in Sapling Sock and Sprouts. It is also available, in any weight, in our Dyed to Order section.
We are launching our first (of six) new fall colors today! The new color is Shale. A long long LONG time ago, our little corner of the planet was covered with water. Oceans pushed further and further inland, bringing lots of sediment with them. When the waters receded we were left covered in limestone, shale and basalt (thanks freshman year geology). It serves as a good reminder that climate change is real and has lasting consequences. In our color spectrum, Shale falls between Fog and Ink and is available in the Sapling Sock and Sprouts sections of our shop. It is always available in our Dyed to Order section as well.
Not sure when your favorite color will come up in a shop update? Maybe we have it in stock but not enough for your chosen project? Why not check out the new Dyed to Order section of our shop! The best part, right now there are NO MINIMUMS. Put us to work dyeing what you really want!
The greens are back! Check out the shop to get your dose of greens ;)
Moss - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
Noble - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
Mermaid - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
The Grass is Always Greener - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
Our very first, regularly scheduled shop update is live! Including this new colorway: Rocky Beach
Included in this update:
Magic Hour - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
Oyster - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
Northern Sky - Sapling Sock, Sprouts, Old Growth Worsted
Toasted Marshmallow - Sapling Sock, Sprouts
Twilight - Old Growth Worsted
Love Freckles - Sapling Sock, Sprouts, Sapling Luxe, Old Growth Worsted, Windfall Super Bulky
Rocky Beach - Sapling Sock
We all have sock yarn remnants. Sometimes it's just a teeny tiny bit but we can't seem to get rid of it. We can't throw them away, they are beautiful! Why not incorporate them into a cross stitch design that can be displayed in your house and you can see them all of the time! This is cross stitch pattern is available in our shop for download. It only requires 5 yds of 5 colors of sock yarn!
Sample A was sewn in Lilac, Peach Ice Cream, Rhododendron, Yellow Bell and Mermaid
Sample B was sewn in Ink, Alpine Lake, Fog, Magic Hour and Oyster
Huldra, or Forest Wife, in Scandinavian folklore is something equivalent to a siren. She lures men into the woods but stays hidden.
Our soft, textured shawl is the perfect garment for a foray into the forest. It's knit with our Sapling Luxe for the perfect amount of softness and drape. The pattern has every line written out with stitch counts at the end of every row. This is done so you can check your count at any point in the shawl.
The pattern is available in our shop and is a free for the next three days. Be sure to snatch it up and get started with some cashmere goodness!
Midnight at the Mountain - dark navy blue. Night skiing, thrilling nocturnal sport or certain death? I wouldn't know. But I do know that on a clear night, with a full moon, Mt Baker glows like beacon outside our backdoor. The stark contrast of the white snow against the dark blue sky is intoxicating.
This new color is available in all bases in our shop.
Northern Sky - cool, mint green. This brilliant, minty green is inspired by the Aurora Borealis which are particularly active in the fall and winter months. On a clear night, and at a high enough altitude, you can see mint green streaks cut across the night sky.
This is available in the shop in all bases.
Twilight - purple/grey. Nothing to do with blood suckers from Forks but everything to do with the Washington sky. Twilight is the beautiful purple color that lights up the sky moments after the sun goes down. Also the ambiguous time listed as 'closing hour' for state parks.
This new color is available in our shop in all bases and is the first of our 2016 fall collection. Our entire collection is based on colors of the PNW sky and will be releasing all this week so stay tuned!
Sea Folk is a modern take on the fisherman style. Featuring an asymmetrical twisted stitch brim and a three needle bind off top, this slouchy cap is suitable for both men and women and will keep you warm on blustery, salty days. It requires just one skein of our Old Growth Worsted and knits up quick for a nice gift.
This pattern is FREE with code SALTY2016 until 8/29. Enjoy and get knittin' for fall!
For dyers and knit designers, the summer time is head down, prep for the busy fall. We have many great events coming up, this is where you can find us:
Northwest Handspun, Bellingham, WA
September 17th, 12 noon – 4pm
Fiber Fusions NW
October 15th – 16th
Seattle (Ballard), WA
Serial Knitters, Kirkland, WA
Soft, squishy, classic . . . cashmere. Introducing our our new luxury fingering weight yarn, Sapling Luxe. 80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon at 435 yds per skein. This blend has beautiful drape and durability. It is available in our shop in 19 colors (including our new spring colors).
Spring has finally arrived. Birds are singing (and singing and singing at our house), flowers are starting to bloom and new colors are released.
Rhododendron - bright, rose pink. Rhododendron macrophyllum, a hearty, dense wooden plant, native to the alpine areas of the Northwest. It is beautiful and sturdy species that represents wild, uncontrollable nature. All the things I personally aspire to be.
Yellow Bell - light, cheery yellow. Fritillaria pudica, native to the Northwest and abundant on the hills behind my house where I grew up. My sister and I would sneak through the cattle fence and run up and down the hills picking these beauties.
Peach Ice Cream - vibrant peach/pink. Every year, on my birthday, my dad would make peach ice cream from scratch. It wasn't meant to be a tradition, we had an orchard and peaches were ripe in July. After the first few years it became a thing that I had to have peach ice cream on my birthday. It still is a thing.
The Grass is Always Greener - light, grassy yellow/green. Full disclosure: this color was an accident, but a happy accident. While trying to create a different shade, I mis-measured my dye and ended up with a color I liked better than the original. Proving the proverb is true. The grass is always greener on the other side.
These beautiful colors are available in the shop in Sapling Sock and will soon be available in other weights as well. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements later this month!
To celebrate the Irish part of my family, we are doing 25% off all online orders 3/17 - 3/20. Code: KISSME2016. These lovely greens are available in the shop, including an early release of one of our new spring colors, The Grass is Always Greener (center). Available in Sapling Sock and Old Growth Worsted.